White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt, shown here speaking with President Obama, says the government's program for students in cybersecurity fields is expanding. (White House file photo)
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The government is expanding its scholarship program for students in cybersecurity fields.
About 108 universities participate in the 9-year-old Scholarship for Service program, which covers up to two years of tuition in exchange for two years of federal service. More schools, including community colleges, will be added in June, White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt said Tuesday at the Interagency Resources Management Conference here.
"We're growing our next generation of information security professionals to work in our organizations," Schmidt said. "The only problem is, we need to have thousands of colleges, not" 108.
The expansion will be announced at the annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education — a conference that brings together academic, government and industry cybersecurity professionals — in June in Baltimore, Schmidt said.